Local entertainment news May 4-10

Published 12:00 am Thursday, May 4, 2017

Tonight at 7:30 p.m. — Opening Night for PPT’s swashbuckling comedy ‘Tom Jones’

“Tom Jones” is the bawdy and rollicking stage adaptation of Henry Fielding’s classic comic tale. Meet the cast at a complimentary reception immediately following the opening performance. Adults $17, students/seniors $14. Show dates: May 4-6 and 10-13 at 7:30 p.m., May 7 at 2:30 p.m. Meroney Theater, 213 S. Main St. 704-633-5471, piedmontplayers.com. Producing Partners: Crescent Construction Services & First National Bank.


Millers Ferry Fire Dept Auxiliary Spring craft event

9 a.m.- 3 p.m. Saturday, May 6: Benefits the auxiliary at Millers Ferry Fire Dept.

Free outdoor movie

“The Book of Life” Saturday at 8 p.m. at Spencer Library Park, 300 4th St.. Bring a blanket or chair. Concessions available for purchase. Presented by The Hispanic Coalition. Learn more at 704-638-5217 or email humanresources@salisburync.gov

Band dance at the Y

7-10 p.m. Saturday, May 6: Delmonicos Band. Bring a covered dish. $8 per person. Guests welcome. J.F. Hurley Family YMCA, 828 W. Jake Alexander Blvd., 704-636-0111, www.rowanymca.org

Come to the Make, Play, Learn Showcase at Horizons Unlimited on Saturday

You are invited to see the Maker Space offerings that are happening in the Rowan-Salisbury Schools, at Horizons Unlimited from 3-5 p.m. on Saturday, May 6. There are also planetarium shows every 30 minutes. Horizons Unlimited, 1636 Parkview Circle. Park and enter from Lilly Ave.

Visit www.rss.k12.nc.us/horizons-unlimited-margaret-c-woodson-planetarium

Rowan History Club hosts author Michael Briggs on Tuesday

May 9 at 7 p.m. Michael Briggs, author of “The Longrifle Makers of the Rowan School” will speak to guests about the Rowan School and the rifles created by gunsmiths in the area. Join us at the Rowan Museum for a short history talk and discussion. Light refreshment will be served. Free and open to the public. Rowan Museum Messinger Room, 202 N. Main St., 704-633-5946, www.rowanmuseum.org

J Bliss headlines Wednesday at The Comedy Zone at The Loft. Todd Riley opens. 

The Loft at City Tavern, 113 E. Fisher St. Doors open at 6 p.m. Show at 7 p.m. $10 cover. 704-603-4656.

PPT holds auditions for ‘Tom, Dick and Harry’

Open auditions for the comedy “Tom, Dick and Harry” will be held May 30-31 at 7 p.m. at the Meroney Theater, 213 S. Main St. Performers of all ethnic and racial backgrounds are encouraged to audition. Auditions will consist of cold reading from the script. Show dates are July 27-Aug. 5. In this farcical comedy, Tom and his wife are about to adopt a baby. His brothers are anxious to help make a good impression on the woman from the agency who has arrived to check on the home and lifestyle of the prospective parents. Unfortunately Dick, who has stashed boxes of smuggled brandy and cigarettes in the house, and Harry, who is in possession of a cadaver he is planning to sell illegally to a medical school, fail miserably. The adoption agency representative is aghast – and the stow-away immigrants who do not speak English are no help at all. See character descriptions at PiedmontPlayers.com or call 704-633-5471.


Darrell Harwood, Joe Lasher Jr., Little Texas, and Coconut Groove provide music at Jiggy with the Piggy this weekend

KANNAPOLIS — The City of Kannapolis’ annual BBQ and music event culminates this this weekend, May 5-6 with BBQ competitions, a farmer’s market, The Zucchini 600, arts and crafts, carnival rides, kids’ activities, fireworks and lots of music. See the complete schedule of events at kannapolisnc.gov/jiggywiththepiggy.

Exhibition opening events in Concord

CONCORD — Wide open prairies and rugged mountain terrain set scene and shape lives in The Galleries’ new exhibition, exploring the influence of locale on the human spirit, as seen through the eyes of twelve Wyoming artists. “Place/Settings” opens Friday, and runs through July 7 in The Galleries of the Cabarrus Arts Council, 65 Union Street South. Activities and events scheduled during the exhibition include • Art on Tap: Friday, May 5, 7 p.m., Free for members; $20/others • Art Lab: Wednesday, May 10, 10 a.m., $5 • Art Walk: Friday, June 9, 6-9 p.m., free • Family Day: Saturday, June 24, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., free • Learn more at 704-920-2787 or www.CabarrusArtsCouncil.org


BBQ fundraiser Saturday benefits Guatemala school

On Saturday, Mean Mug Coffee Co. at 1024 S. Fulton St. hosts a BBQ fundraiser from 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Proceeds benefit the Guatemala school GRACES (https://wearegraces.org/), a U.S.-based non-profit which supports La Escuela Integrada in Guatemala and the children of several communities near Antigua, Guatemala and whose mission is to provide education, food, medicine, and social opportunities to the poorest Guatemalan children and adolescents. Tickets are $8 on site. Sponsored by Bright Ideas Inc.

Closing weekend for OCT’s ‘The Music Man’ 

Through May 7: Fast-talking traveling salesman Harold Hill cons the people of River City, Iowa into buying instruments and uniforms for a boys’ band he vows to organize, despite the fact he doesn’t know a trombone from a treble clef. His plans to skip town with the cash are foiled when he falls for Marian the librarian, who transforms him into a respectable citizen by curtain’s fall in this perennial classic. Old Courthouse Theater, 49 Spring St. NW. Tickets at www.oldcourthousetheatre.org or 704-788-2405.

Mt. Ulla Annual Spring Fest

MT. ULLA — The fifth annual Mount Ulla Spring Festival is Saturday from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. There will be flowers, plants, crafters and vendors. Some proceeds benefit the West Rowan Volunteer Fire Department. Then at 6 p.m. is the Summer Barn Dance, called by Richard Luther from the Lutheridge Cloggers with music by The Back Creek Bluegrass Boys & Tori Jones, followed by open practice jam for local musicians, individual or groups. Hosted by West Rowan Farm, Home and Garden, 11575 NC Hwy 801. Learn more at 704-278-2800.


Davie County High School Auto Tech Car Show 

MOCKSVILLE — 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday, May 6: Davie County High School and SkillsUSA Auto Tech Car Show will be held at Trailers of the East Coast, 418 Interstate Drive. Car show proceeds benefit Automotive Technology and the SkillsUSA Chapter at Davie County High School. Tour the Team Penske NASCAR race car transporter, plus the Mustang Sampling show car #5 Corvette will be on display and the Austin Dillon #3 show car. Judging is 9-11 a.m.; awards at 12:15 p.m. including Best of Show, Best Interior, Best Paint, Best Engine, and Sponsor’s Choice. The special awards are built by the students in the automotive classes at Davie High School. Info: Seth James, 336-751-5905 ext. 4084.

FirstARTS hosts art gallery — 7 p.m. Thursday, May 11: First United Methodist Church, 217 S. Church St., partnering with Carolina Artist Guild presents “Light and Life: A Gallery of Sunrises and Sunsets” with a public gala opening. 100+ pieces of art featuring sunrises and sunsets will be on display. The Carolina Artist Guild has agreed to donate 15% of all art sold to the Family Crisis Council of Rowan County. The public is invited to the gala opening and to visit the gallery every day until if officially closes June 2. Call for more info: 704-636-3121.

37th annual Bluegrass Festival kicks off May 11 at Denton FarmPark

Country Stars Doyle Lawson and Quicksilver headline Thursday through Saturday, May 11-13. Tickets are available by the day, beginning at $35, and in multi-day packages. Camping accommodations available . Music begins at about 11 a.m. each day and concludes by 10:30 p.m. Featured: Snyder Family Band; Dave Adkins; Russell Moore & IIIrd Tyme Out; Malpass Brothers, Balsam Range; The Hatley Family; Edgar Loudermilk; Darin & Brooke Aldridge; Mark Kuykendall, Bobby Hicks & Asheville Bluegrass; Lonesome River Band, Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver; Carolina Blue; Flint Hill; Deeper Shade of Blue; Becky Buller; Joe Mullins & The Radio Ramblers; Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver. Info: 336-859-2755. A complete schedule with start times for each band is at www.dentonfarmpark.com


The Salisbury Ghost Walk

Friday-Saturday, May 5 -6 at 7 and 9 p.m. The walk covers a six block area in down town Salisbury. History tell how in the 1800s Salisbury earned the reputation as the “wettest and wickedest” town in the state. Bring camera, smart phone, flashlight. $5 students/ $10 adults/kids free. RSVP at www.salisburyghostwalk.com


Echoes for Christ Fifth Anniversary celebration

5 p.m. Saturday: Fairview Heights Baptist Church, 704 Old Concord Road, 704-433-1807.

Triad Harmony Express ‘I Love Beach Music’ — 2 p.m. matinee and 7 p.m. evening show Saturday: Barbership quartet style “I Love Beach Music” in the Arts Council Theatre, 610 Coliseum Drive, W-S. $15 in advance, $20 DOS. Beach songs arranged in the Barbershop Style just for this performance. Info at 336-774-4044.

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